Southampton manager Ronald Koeman has told the club's official website that forward Jay Rodriguez may face surgery next week.
Rodriguez, 26, joined the Saints back in the summer of 2012, having hit 36 goals in the previous two seasons with Burnley, and he continued his exploits in front of goal with Southampton, smashing 26 goals in his first two campaigns on the South Coast.
Rodriguez emerged in to the England setup as a result of his performances for Southampton, but disaster struck for him in at the end of the 2013-14 season, as he suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament injury, ruling him out of not only the World Cup, but also the whole of last season.
The forward has been trying to make his comeback this term, but his sporadic appearances have been a result of more injury problems, with his ankle giving him problems this time.
With no return date in sight, Saints boss Ronald Koeman has given an update to supporters about Rodriguez's situation - and it isn't good news.
Koeman has told the Southampton official website that Rodriguez is still in pain, and could even undergo surgery next week in a bid to finally get him back to full fitness again this season.
"Jay is not good, it's now a long time and we have to make a really tough decision how we have to do the treatment," said Koeman. "Maybe it will be a surgery next week. Still his feet is a problem, it gives a lot of pain. We did everything and now, the final call, maybe it will be surgery next week."